7th April 2015

Weekend Round-up

07 April 2015 

Stanford Invitational, Palo Alto, California, USA, 3-4 April

Competing in his opening hammer competition of the year, Commonwealth silver medallist Nick Miller (Coach: John Baumann) nailed his first target of 2015, eclipsing the UK Under 23 record. The British age group mark had stood at 75.10m since 1996 to Belgrave Harrier Dave Smith (namesake of the 1986 Commonwealth hammer champion from Hull Spartan AC) but Miller consigned it to history with a throw of 75.41m on the second day of the Stanford meet, Saturday 4 April.

In doing so, the 21-year-old Border Harrier improved his PB by 1.03m and moved to sixth place on the UK all-time list – behind Martin Girvan (77.54m), Hull’s Dave Smith (77.30m), Matt Mileham (77.02m), Mick Jones (76.43m) and Alex Smith (75.63m). It bodes well for Miller’s prospects of building on his Glasgow 2014 silver medal performance in 2015. His targets also include the European Under 23 Championships in Tallinn and World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, which both take place in July.

Miller, a student at Oklahoma State University, was not the only British winner. Sam Stabler (Darren Gauson) of the Owls Leicester club clocked a lifetime best of 13:30.50 in emerging victorious from the 5,000m. Running in his first race since claiming 1500m bronze at the European Indoor Championships in Prague last month, Chris O’Hare (Terrence Mahon) finished down in 14th place in 13:42.00 – an improvement of 1:07.52 on the Scot’s only previous outing at the distance. There was also a PB for Bristol and West’s Richard Peters (Mike Down), 16th in 13:46.06.

Aldershot’s Oliver Aitchison won the 1500m in 3:40.77 with Matthew Clowes (Bashir Hussain) of Staffordshire Moorlands second in 3:42.24, both Briton’s clocking PBs. Clowes also finished fifth in the 800m in 1:51.32.

European Junior 3,000m steeplechase champion Zac Seddon posted an early UK leading time of 8:36.55 for second place in his specialist event. There was also a British best performance of 2015 in the javelin, Ipswich’s Matti Mortimore (Justin St Clair) throwing 70.37m for fifth place.

Two other Britons on the US collegiate scene claimed UK ranking top slots in the men’s and women’s 10,000m.  Marc Scott (Steve Gulley) finished fourth in the men’s race in 28:30.33, with Kieran Clements (Ricardo Santos) sixth in 28:57.57. Alice Wright (David Walker) was tenth in the women’s race in 32:56.33. In the women’s 1500m Kirsty Legg (Matt Roe) clocked 4:19.07 and Olivia Sadler (Daniel Ireland) 4:19.72.



Florida Relays, Gainsville, USA, 2-4 April

Olympic 400m hurdles semi-finalist Jack Green (Loren Seagrave) returned to competition with an outing in the 4x400m relay. Unfortunately, his IMG Academy team could only muster three runners so failed to register a finish. Green, however, clocked a split time estimated at 45.0.

European Junior 200m silver medallist Desiree Henry (Rana Reider) stepped up in distance for her debut race at 400m, finishing second in one of several one lap races in 53.13. Shana Cox (George Williams) was also a runner-up in a separate 400m, clocking a season-opening 52.20.

Cox also competed for a Great Britain quartet in the 4x400m relay, teaming up with Anyika Onuora (Rana Reider), Margaret Adeoye (Linford Christie) and Bianca Williams (Lloyd Cowan) to take third place in 3:35.87 behind an Adidas team featuring Jamaica’s Commonwealth 400m silver medallist Novlene Williams-Mills (3:29.76) and Elite Speed Connection (3:33.10).

James McLachlan (Denis Costello) won the long jump with 7.67m, while Cardiff’s Rhianwedd Price triumphed over 1500m, clocking a PB of 4:11.67. In separate 800m races, Georgia Peel (Karen Harvey) finished second in 2:06.49 and Chelsea Jarvis (David Turnbull) third in 2:07.58.

Marilyn Okoro (Johnny Gray) ran a leg for the UCF All Stars team in the 4x200m relay, her quartet placing third in their race in 1:36.30.



KPMG Guernsey Easter 10km Road Race, Port Soif, 3 April

Former European Indoor 3,000m champion Helen Clitheroe (self-coached) battled against strong wind and rain on an undulating course to finish first woman, and eighth overall, in 35:19. The 41-year-old Preston Harrier finished over a minute clear of Louise Perrio (Alan Rowe), second woman in 37:07, with Rebecca  Le Maitre third in 38:53.

Running on home ground, 2012 Olympic Marathoner Lee Merrien (Gavin Smith) won the men’s race in 31:37 – from protégé Michael Wilesmith (Lee Merrien), second in 33:13, and Martin Lewis, third in 34:06.


Isle of Man Easter Festival, 3-5 April

Former World Junior duathlon champion Georgina Schwiening completed a hat-trick of victories in the three-event Easter contest. The 20-year-old Cambridge and Coleridge athlete won the 10km on Good Friday in 36:08, the three mile hill race on Saturday in 17:72 and clocked the fastest 5km relay split on Easter Sunday, 17:15.

Phil Sesseman (Kenneth Pike) won the men’s 10km in 31:32 and recorded the fastest men’s 5km relay split of 14.54 but Dave Norman (Norman Poole) claimed the overall men’s title, finishing third in the 10km (31:43), fourth in the four mile hill race (21:28) and clocking the fifth fastest 5km split (15:25).



Sussex Road Relays, Horsham, April 4

European U23 1500m silver medallist Charlie Grice (Jon Bigg) ran the fastest lap of 9:31 to guide Brighton Phoenix to victory.